If you’ve considered buying an action camera, but have hesitated due to the cost of a GoPro, this little gem might be the answer. It’s called CAME-ZERO and it’s a budget version of GoPro’s HERO action cam lineup.
When I shared the video of the GoPro falling into the rattlesnake pit yesterday, I mentioned how most of the footage we see these days from action cameras is kinda boring.
18-year-old professional kayaker Rafa Ortiz, who was described by Red Bull as ‘The Mexican kayaker who seeks the gnarliest whitewater’, is definitely not in that group.
With his life philosophy being ‘die exhausted’, Rafa is no stranger to extreme action and he makes sure to take his GoPro with him. Problem is, how do you trigger the camera to capture that one awesome shot?
In this next video Rafa shows us his solution – a bite remote trigger, and how to make one. [Read more…]
Usually when comparing action cameras we assume they are built strong enough and compare them by footage quality, battery stamina and features.
However, what happens when you put these cameras to their durability extremes? Kai of DRTV took four cameras to the test: GoPro 4 ($500), XiaoYi ($60-$80), AMK5000 ($72-$90) and a vibratorcam (which we will ignore for the sake of this article). While each of these cameras have a slightly different set of features, this very-Kai-style test is not focused on any of them. This is a pure durability stress test:
We all love the GoPro for a variety of reasons. But, one major drawback of the well-known action cam is a sacrifice on quality due to it’s sensor size. Oh, and you’re kinda stuck with the stock the fisheye-like lens.
Z Camera is looking to give GoPro a run for their money with the introduction of the E1, the world’s smallest micro 4/3 camera with interchangeable lenses and 4K video. Although it hasn’t yet hit mass production, this feat of photographic engineering is shaping up to be fun!
Just one month after announcing the entry-level HERO+ LCD, the undisputed king of action cameras has just announced another new model. This one sports an entirely new, and drastically smaller, design.
The Session looks like a lens block that was cut out of a regular GoPro making it 50% smaller.
Including its integrated waterproof housing the camera weighs just 74 grams, which is approximately half the weight of its bigger brothers in their own underwater housings.
Of course the huge cut in size and weight come at a cost; both feature and money wise.
Adding a fourth camera to its lineup, GoPro has announced the HERO+ LCD.
As the name suggests, the camera features a handy touchscreen but also packs WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The new camera can record video at up to 60fps at 1080p, capture 8MP stills and be controlled by the GoPro app.
Xiaomi, a rising star in the world of mobile phones and consumer electronics, has just announced the YiCamera action cam.
Judging by the specs of this camera GoPro is in trouble, as the company that has been changing people’s perception of Chinese products seems to have not only outdone the Hero action cam, but it did so at half the price.
The 16 megapixel camera will cost $64, but will initially be available only in China.
Like DJI who used to be BFFs with GoPro starting their own self-made camera was not bad news enough for GoPro, a new patent approval for Apple. Patent number 8,934,045 concerning ‘Digital camera system having remote control‘ was just approved by the USPTO. Actually, Yahoo reports that the firm secured 34 patents all relating to what we fondly call Action Cameras.
The idea seems like Apple is considering streaming content from an action camera into the iWatch.
Looking at the abstract of one of the mains patents, it seems that almost any action camera (or wireless tethered camera) are at risk:
Many camera manufacturers are looking to snag their own part of the action camera market these days. We’ve seen more than several manufacturers (Sony, Polaroid, and Ricoh to name a few) take a crack at the fast-growing wearable camera market and now, HTC, the smartphone maker, is rumored to be stepping up to the plate, too. [Read more…]
Have you ever dreamt about photographing your own ascent of the Swiss Alps, but can never find the time to actually get around to it? Luckily, there are professional mountaineers who are, well, let’s just say, slightly more motivated than you and I. Now, you can enjoy the experience of climbing the notorious Eiger North Face from the comfort of your couch thanks to the radical photography project carried out by Dani Arnold, Stephan Siegrist, and the 12 GoPro’s they carried on their expedition to the top of the 13,000-foot (3970 meters) summit. The panoramic imagery they were able to capture is nothing short of breathtaking.